Inside the CFL

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING ...

George Black, the CFL's director of officiating, has backed referee Jake Ireland's final decision on Ron Johnson's drop at the end of Saturday's Argos-Stampeders game.

Calgary was marching on the potential game-tying drive when Johnson hauled in a pass over the middle but lost control of it as he landed on his back. The officials ruled it an incomplete pass. Since it was in the last three minutes of the second half, the replay officials in the booth requested another look. Ireland reviewed it and ruled that the play stood. That, of course, upset the Stampeders, who are claiming the CFL's image has been tarnished.

"Most of our problems are not with the game. It's with the brand," Stampeders president Ted Hellard told the Calgary Sun. "We're perusing online and apparently the brand is taking a hit. We wish that wasn't the case."

Black is standing by his men, and he has the rule book to back up that support. Section E of Article 6 states an incomplete forward pass occurs when:

"While in mid-air a receiver of either team who has firm control of the ball, but loses possession of the ball when that player's feet or other part of the body hits the ground, with or without contact by any opponent."

In other words, landing on your back or landing on your feet is no different. If you lose the ball before you stop or your knee hits the ground, it's incomplete.

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Seasons, out of the last five, that the Tiger-Cats have missed the playoffs.

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Laterals by the Roughriders on the last play of their game against the Eskimos on Saturday.

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Spectators at Rogers Centre on Saturday, the Argos' biggest crowd of the season.

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QUOTES ...

"I'd like to see another team in this league, like Calgary, do what we just did with our third-string quarterback."

Lions defensive-line coach Mike Roach, after Jarious Jackson threw two touchdowns in a 28-8 win over the Tiger-Cats

"It's a great, great feeling. I can walk around town proud now. The last six weeks I was embarrassed."

Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, after ending a six-game losing streak against the Bombers

"Sometimes people think because you're a kicker, you have to take their crap. I'm not going to take anybody's crap. I live a simple life. You treat me like crap, I treat you like crap."

5-foot-8 Stamps kicker Sandro DeAngelis, who got into a minor brouhaha with 6-foot-4 Argos defensive end Jonathan Brown two hours before Saturday's game

"We don't know how to win yet."

Ticats coach Ron Lancaster

"We should just hang on to the ball."

Stamps coach Tom Higgins, making a good point in the aftermath of the controversial instant replay call on Ron Johnson's catch/drop late in Saturday's game against the Argos


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